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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Rome, the Campagna
The Appian Way
Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
 
AWE-STRUCK I gazed upon that rock-paved way,
The Appian Road; marmorean witness still
Of Rome’s resistless stride and fateful will,
Which mocked at limits, opening out for aye
Divergent paths to one imperial sway.        5
The nations verily their parts fulfil;
And war must plough the fields which law shall till;
Therefore Rome triumphed till the appointed day.
Then from the Catacombs, like waves, upburst
The host of God, and scaled, as in an hour,        10
O’er all the earth the mountain-seats of power.
Gladly in that baptismal flood immersed
The old Empire died to live. Once more on high
It sits; now clothed with immortality!
 
 
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